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‘JOY, FIRE, JOY’: BLAISE PASCAL'S ‘MEMORIAL’ AND THE VOSIONARY EXPLORATONS OF T. S. ELIOT, ALDOUS HUXLEY AND WILLIAM GOLDING

Tim Kendall

in Literature and Theology

Volume 11, issue 3, pages 299-212
Published in print September 1997 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 1997 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/11.3.299
‘JOY, FIRE, JOY’: BLAISE PASCAL'S ‘MEMORIAL’ AND THE VOSIONARY EXPLORATONS OF T. S. ELIOT, ALDOUS HUXLEY AND WILLIAM GOLDING

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The following paper explores the representation of Blaise Pascal's ‘MEMORIAL’ in the words of three modern visionary writers: T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley and William Golding. Having discussed the typical characteristics of visionary experience, the paper goes on to argue that the writers' interpretations of the ‘Memorial’ are in each case caonspicuosly inaccurate and incomplete. It also maintains, with frequent reference to some of the writers' other works, that their misinterpretations have been revealing shaped by their own distinctive visionary explorations. Both the course of these explorations and the religious beliefs which underlie them are detailed.

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